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Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2003
ISSN 1441 9335
Conserve, restore and sustainably use Australia's land
The Department implements national initiatives to address the environmental aspects of sustainably managing Australia's land resources. Addressing Australia's critical salinity problem is a major focus.
In 2002-03 the Department worked in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to implement the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality. The National Action Plan seeks to address two of the most critical issues facing Australia's environment as well as rural industries and regional communities.
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To complete, or significantly progress, bilateral agreements for each state and territory to give effect to the Intergovernmental Agreement for the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality.
At 30 June 2003, National Action Plan bilateral agreements had been signed with all states and territories except Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. Discussions are progressing well to finalise agreements with these jurisdictions.
To ensure that bilateral and regional partnership agreements reflect the objectives of the National Action Plan as articulated in the intergovernmental agreement.
All bilateral agreements finalised to date reflect the objectives expressed in the intergovernmental agreement. Arrangements are in place to ensure that the regional plans and regional agreements are also consistent.
Every bilateral agreement signed between the Commonwealth and the states and territories relating to the National Action Plan sets out specific commitments for the implementation of agreed institutional and legal reforms to meet this objective, including a timetable that is consistent with the intergovernmental agreement. Bilateral agreements concluded to date require reporting on progress in this area. A trial report will be provided to the April 2004 meeting of the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council.
To assist the development and implementation of integrated regional and catchment natural resource management plans.
At 30 June 2003, three Integrated Regional Natural Resource Management Plans had been accredited by Australian Government Ministers for National Action Plan regions. The plans accredited were for the Glenelg-Hopkins region in Victoria, the Mount Lofty region in South Australia and the Western region in New South Wales. These plans will also serve as the basis for Government investment under the Natural Heritage Trust. A steady flow of plans is now expected to achieve accreditation in 2003-04.
To focus on investment in capacity building initiatives to underpin delivery of the National Action Plan.
Capacity building is a keystone of the National Action Plan, in particular to enable communities and landholders to develop and implement Integrated Regional Natural Resource Management Plans. The National Action Plan also supports investment in technical and scientific support and engineering innovations.
In 2002-03 capacity building activities supported by the Australian Government through the National Action Plan included:
The Community Engagement and Capacity Building Working Group reporting to the programs committee of the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council worked towards multi-jurisdictional agreement about capacity building within the regional delivery model. In July 2002, the Natural Resource Management Programs Committee endorsed the National Capacity Building Framework.